Neighborhood News

Brief updates on news around the neighborhood:

Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Mt. Royal Avenue.

Confederate Monuments

In case you haven’t seen them, the City installed interpretive plaques on two Confederate monuments, one of which is in Bolton Hill.

In January 2016, a commission appointed by the Mayor recommended that two of Baltimore’s four statues to the Confederacy be removed, while the remaining two receive additions that provide proper context (See Baltimore Sun article for more.)

The Mayor decided that these changes should be completed before she left office, with the interpretive signs installed on her final day. The text for these signs was written by CHAP staff.

The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument on Mount Royal Avenue, between Mosher and Lafayette, received the sign below (click to enlarge.) The other that received a sign, the Confederate Women’s Monument, is on West University Parkway.

New interpretive text for Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument
New interpretive text for the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Rev. Foster Connors Honored

Brown Memorial Presbyterian’s Reverend Andrew Foster Connors received honorable mention in the Baltimore Sun as one of the Marylanders deserving recognition in 2016.

The Sun highlighted Rev. Foster Connors’ collaboration with other clergy activists in BUILD for their successful negotiation of the expansive Community Benefits Agreement with the Sagamore Development on the Port Covington Project. Read the full Baltimore Sun story here.

Madison Park North Demolition CeremonyInnovation Center to Anchor Madison Park North Redevelopment

On Friday, December 9th, Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh gathered at the Madison Park North Apartments to announce Project C.O.R.E. funding awards to help eliminate blight in Baltimore City.

The gathering celebrated the beginning of the demolition that will clear the site for a mixed-use community, with a technology and incubator facility, retail including a supermarket, 300-500 apartments and a health care facility, all in proximity to the John Eager Howard School, which is now under construction.

Read more about the plans for the innovation center in this Baltimore article.

The next monthly meeting of the Neighborhood Coalition for MPN Redevelopment will be Monday, January 23, 7 pm, in the St. Francis Neighborhood Center at 2405 Linden Ave. All are welcome to attend.

2 thoughts on “Neighborhood News

  1. Matthew-Daniel Stremba says:

    Another monument which, obviously, didn’t get included in the Confederate Monuments” list raises niggling questions. The statue of Severn Teackle Wallis at the east end of Mt. Vernon Square. I had heard of this 19th-century lawyer’s distinct Confederate sympathies, skimmed some of his era-bound verses in the Pratt’s Maryland Room, but had paid no attention to his status as a real slave-owner till one alumna of Princeton shared a recent PU periodical.

    There I read the story of this monumentalized man accompanying his slave-owning father to Princeton NJ to recover one of their fugitive slaves. Only the wealth of a NJ woman stopped that “legal” arrest. Reading the story and glimpsing the relationship young Severn Teackle had had with the slave who later fled, I remembered some malicious gossip an aging Baltimorean shared with me about the monumentalized Wallis, and thought how that gossip may indeed have got it right.

    Whatever, here’s a statue of a man who is on record of having “enjoyed” the privileges of affluent white men and having taken direct action to ensure and maintain that supremacy that negated the freedom of a huge population. Surely there must be a courtyard somewhere to which to remove such out-of-date uninspiring monuments. Or what might an interpretative plaque say? Maryland historians, come forward!

    Matthew-Daniel Stremba

  2. Johns Hopkins says:

    There was a lot going on with the erection of monuments to the Confederacy. Former Mayor Rawlings Blake’s “Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments” has a good report going into four of the city’s Confederate monuments and discussing the Lost Cause Movement in general and the background on how these four came to be erected. Here’s the link:

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